BLACKSBURG, Va., June 15, 2010 – Larkin Dudley, professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emerita" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1991, Dudley contributed significantly to research on citizen participation, governance, and organizational challenge. She has written more than 40 publications and directed numerous sponsored research projects. She also served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior; and she served in leadership positions for the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, the American Society for Public Administration, and the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs.
Dudley was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the master's of public administration degree program. She chaired the program in Public Administration and Policy and the School of Public and International Affairs' promotion and tenure committee. She also served numerous positions in the Phi Beta Kappa society.
Dudley received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.